Cheney's 'Dead Wrong,' We're Safer: Biden

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2009 4:47 PM CDT
Vice President Joe Biden is greeted by Base Commander Mark D. Kelly at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, N.C.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Joe Biden begs to differ with Dick Cheney's view that the US is less safe under President Obama. Cheney is not “out of line, but he is dead wrong,” Biden told CNN. In fact, the Bush administration left the nation in its weakest state since WWII, stretched thin and with "virtually no respect" anywhere, said Biden. “We are safer today; our interests are more secure today than they were any time during the eight years” under Bush.

Of Bush, Biden said, “He was a great guy, enjoyed being with him.” But he was out of touch. “He said, 'I'm a leader.' And I said, 'Mr. President, turn around and look behind you. No one's following.'” Though the current VP has had his arguments with Obama—“There is a healthy debate within our administration”—they work together, he said. “I'm operating in concert with the president.”